A 26-year-old Rockport man remained behind bars after his initial court appearance Jan. 19 on charges that he assaulted a child for not fighting the youngster’s older brother.

Pedro Delgado was arrested Jan. 14 by Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detective Justin Twitchell on charges of felony assault, endangering the welfare of a child and violation of conditions of release.

According to a police report filed with Knox County Superior Court, Delgado assaulted a boy with a sandal after the child refused Delgado’s direction to fight his older brother. The younger boy suffered bruises to his face, hip and thigh.

The children’s mother and a pediatrician reported the case to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, which reported the case to the sheriff’s office.

Twitchell said he interviewed both boys and they gave consistent statements.

Delgado denied the allegations, according to the police report. He claimed the younger child fell on icy steps. Delgado also told police he had no sandals.

Twitchell said in the police report that he saw no ice on the steps of Delgado’s home. The detective also found a pair of sandals that matched the description given by the boys.

Justice Patricia Worth set bail on the charges of felony assault and endangering the welfare of a child at $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety. This is the amount sought by Assistant District Attorney Chris Fernald. There is no bail on the probation hold.

Delgado was on probation for assault against a woman. He had been ordered to take a batterer’s intervention course.

Worth told Delgado that once he gets a court-appointed attorney he may request a change in the bail situation.